Environment Canada
Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

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As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conference fees for Environment Canada (EC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conference (THC) fees incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to activities that support a departmental or agency mandate and the government's priorities.

In particular, for EC, this includes protecting the environment, conserving the country's natural heritage, and providing weather and meteorological information to keep Canadians informed and safe.

EC's Mandate and Program Alignment Architecture

Environment Canada's mandate is to provide a clean, safe and sustainable environment for Canadians. It works in partnership with others to fulfill this mandate through a variety of activities, including conducting research on water and air quality, monitoring Canada's natural environment, developing regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, maintaining biodiversity, increasing the number of protected areas within Canada, and providing advance warning for severe weather events.

Environment Canada fulfills its mandate by promoting three Strategic Outcomes, each contributing to the Government of Canada outcome of a clean and healthy environment.

  • Canada's natural environment is conserved and restored for present and future generations;
  • Canadians are equipped to make informed decisions on changing weather, water and climate conditions; and
  • Threats to Canadians and their environment from pollution are minimized.

EC has authority under numerous pieces of legislation which affect how the department operates. Further information on the mandate, legislation, roles, priorities, responsibilities and strategic outcomes of Environment Canada can be found in Section I of EC's Reports on Plans and Priorities.

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of Environment Canada
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure CategoryExpenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014
(a)
Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2013
(b)
Variance
(a - b)
Travel – Public Servants$25,834$27,360($1,526)
Travel – Non-Public Servants$1,734$1,675$60
Total Travel$27,568$29,034($1,466)
Hospitality$302$381($79)
Conference Fees$347$390($43)
TOTAL$28,217$29,805($1,588)
International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff (also included in Non-Public Servant Travel)$104$102$2

Significant Variances Compared With the Previous Fiscal Year

The overall reduction in THC spending from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014 is $1,588K. While the scale of variances differs between types of expenditures, these reductions relate directly to commitments made in the Deficit Reduction Action Plan.

The significant variances from the previous year’s annual expenditures for each category are detailed below.

TRAVEL

Compared with fiscal year 2012-2013, total travel expenditures have decreased by $1,466K or 5.05%. Environment Canada is contributing to the implementation of the overall cost savings effort by achieving efficiencies via reductions to budget for travel. This has been facilitated by the increased use of communications technology such as videoconferencing, telepresence and webinars.

A. Public Servants
Compared with fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental travel expenditures by public servants have decreased by $1,526K or 5.58%.

B. Non-Public Servants
Compared with fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants have increased by $60K or 3.58%.

C. Minister and Minister's Staff
Compared with fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental international travel expenditures by the Minister and his/her staff have increased by $2K or 1.96%.

HOSPITALITY

Compared with fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental hospitality expenditures have decreased by $79K or 20.75%. This reduction is mainly explained by efforts put on achieving efficiencies in hospitality expenses following commitments made in the Deficit Reduction Action Plan.

CONFERENCE FEES

Compared with fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental conference fees expenditures have decreased by $43K or 11.04%. This reduction is directly explained by efforts put on achieving efficiencies in conference fees following commitments made in the Deficit Reduction Action Plan. The Department continues its commitments to align its program delivery with its core mandate and has increased the use of videoconferencing.

Trends of the Last 4 Fiscal Years  

The spending on THC has reduced annually since 2010-2011 by a total of $8,617K or 23.39%. Environment Canada continue to monitor the rate of spending as part of its regular internal reporting process and, where deemed appropriate, will continue to introduce internal policy instruments and management structures aimed at reducing spending.

Trend Graph

Text description of figure
Travel expenditures from 2010-2011 to 2013-2014
(in thousands of dollars)
2010–20112011–20122012–20132013–2014
Travel expenditures$35,690$29,864$29,034$27,568

 

Departmental Spending Trend Graph

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Hospitality expenditures from 2010-2011 to 2013-2014
(in thousands of dollars)  
2010–20112011–20122012–20132013–2014
Hospitality expenditures$518$580$381$302

 

Departmental Spending Trend Graph

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Conferences expenditures from 2010-2011 to 2013-2014
(in thousands of dollars) 
2010–20112011–20122012–20132013–2014
Conferences expenditures$626$361$390$347
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